Progress but no points for Bears QB Justin Fields, who watches Patrick Mahomes cruise

Let’s start with what matters most in any preseason game: Bears quarterback Justin Fields is fine after taking a hard hit to the head.

Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill inexplicably dropped his right shoulder into the left side of Fields as he slid at the end of a run for no gain in the first quarter Saturday. The hit sent Fields’ head whipping back, and he popped up with his arms out in disbelief that no flag was thrown.

‘‘I guess I’ll just have to wait a few years, maybe four or five years, before I get that one,’’ Fields said. ‘‘Hopefully I get it soon.’’

That’s the last thing the Bears want to see in a preseason game.

But the next-to-last thing they want to see now — or when the regular season starts — is a continuation of the cloudiness that has made it difficult to assess Fields since the day the Bears drafted him. The worst thing that can happen for the Bears this season is to get to the end of it and still not know whether Fields is their future.

It’s risky enough when Fields runs by design, but he was on the move for the wrong reasons quite a bit during the 19-14 victory against the Chiefs because of breakdowns in blocking. He navigated the pressure well enough to get off the field intact after completing 4 of 7 passes for 48 yards and adding…

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